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Prince William and Kate's Canadian Itinerary


Talk about timing.

When they embark on their North American tour, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will be spending July 1’s Canada Day holiday – where else? – in Canada.

They’ll be on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, to be precise, for ceremonies kicking off at 12:07 p.m., it was announced Tuesday.

With a Royal Canadian Mounted Police escort, the couple will be greeted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family – wife Laureen and their children Ben and Rachel – as well as Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Other VIPs include Governor General David Johnston and his wife, Sharon.

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In addition to a 21-gun salute, a CF-18 fighter-jet flyover and renditions of “O Canada” and “God Save the Queen,” the hour-long ceremony will include performances by Sam Roberts, Great Big Sea and Maria Aragon, a 10-year-old from Winnipeg who earlier this year performed a duet with Lady Gaga in Toronto.

Prince William is scheduled to deliver a brief speech at 1:14 ET, before he and Kate tour Parliament.

Other stops on the couple’s Canadian tour, which kicks off June 30, include Montreal – for the final Saturday of the Montreal Jazz Festival – Quebec City, Charlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I., Yellowknife and Calgary. The Duchess is apparently a fan of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, a book set in Prince Edward Island, which could explain this stop off.

On Friday, July 8, they are set to arrive for the California leg of their journey.

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